Eating Out: Anchorage, Alaska

Author: , July 24th, 2014

Alaska AirlinesThere’s no shortage of hot dog stands hawking that spicy, oh-so-Alaska treat, the reindeer dog, in downtown Anchorage. But only one of them has consistently long lines.

M.A.’s Gourmet Dogs is owned by a guy with an attitude and seven types of tasty grilled dogs – including one with a little bit of Rudolph in it. The reindeer meat, too lean to hold together alone, is mixed with pork and beef. It’s the hands-down crowd favorite, every bite delivering a pleasing crunchy pop.

This is Michael Anderson’s hot dog stand, a mobile feast beneath a big green umbrella near the corner of Fourth Avenue and F Street, parked outside the Federal Building. He’s been selling dogs downtown for 22 years during Alaska’s summer tourist season, even on the rainiest days, and he’s such a draw that an adjacent competitor started using a green umbrella too.

By Rachel D’Oro – Full Story at Edge Boston | Alaska Gay Travel Resources

Five Free Things to Do in Anchorage

Author: , July 16th, 2014

Alaska AirlinesMost tourists making a summer trip to Alaska will pass through Anchorage on their way to cruises, Denali National Park and other scenic adventures. While in Alaska’s biggest city, also home to the state’s largest airport, there are plenty of free things to do. Here are a few.

TONY KNOWLES COASTAL TRAIL

This is the gem of the city’s extensive trail system, which boasts more than 120 miles (193 kilometers) of paved trails.

The coastal trail is accessible from many points in downtown Anchorage, and takes walkers or joggers about a mile and a half (2.4 kilometers) to the scenic Westchester Lagoon. However, earlier this summer a bridge collapsed near the lagoon so there’s a slight detour off-trail through neighborhoods.

If you make it to the lagoon with energy to burn, the trail continues for another 9 miles (14 kilometers) to Kincaid Park. Moose sightings are more likely as you go by Earthquake Park – which offers great views of downtown Anchorage draped under the Chugach Mountains – and Point Woronzof.

By Mark Thiessen – Full Story at Edge Boston | Alaska Gay Travel Resources

Chasing Alaska’s Northern Lights

Author: , February 27th, 2013

Anchorage, AK - Eyal FeldmanLooking for something a little different for your next vacation? How about chasing the Northern Lights in Alaska? Our friend Eyal Feldman at Boy Butter Blog (yes, that Boy Butter) reports:

The sheer size of Alaska is so big it is difficult to grasp, it is 1/3 the size of the land area of the entire 48 states, or about twice the size of Texas. Not only am I inspired and drawn to the extreme locals and geography, but as an astronomy aficionado the main astronomical phenomena I am chasing here on this Alaska adventure is the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights. The Aurora Borealis is a natural brightly colored occurrence as the Sun’s radiation hits the Earth’s magnetic field a beautiful display of charged particles light up the sky in our upper atmosphere, only visible near the poles and the best time of year to witness it is during the winter time when the nights are longer and chance of seeing the Aurora are the greatest, but you better pray for clear skies or it can be completely obscured.

Follow Eyal’s adventures at the Boy Butter Blog.

Click here for gay travel resources in Alaska.

 

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: AAWESOME Retreat B&B, Anchorage

Author: , March 26th, 2011

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Gay Friendly Alaska Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

AAWESOME Retreat, AnchorageWelcome to AAWESOME Bed & Breakfast, an extraordinary Anchorage, Alaska Bed and Breakfast offering easy, year-round access!

Our Anchorage B&B is just 20 minutes on well-paved main roads Anchorage International Airport. AAWESOME (Anchorage Alaska Wilde Edge Sanctuary Observatory Mountain Escape) Retreat is in the majestic hillside community of Bear Valley on 13 1/2 acres.

Our unique boutique style Anchorage, Alaska home was built and designed to provide an optimal guest experience by your hostess and resident artist, Debi Cole. Our large windows make it feel like you’re outside – and even if it’s frosty and snowing outside, you’ll enjoy perfect temperatures on our radiant heated floors.

Our large suites feature sultry decor, dazzling view decks, and private bathrooms, all designed to accentuate the amazingly beautiful environment outside our doors.

Each of our guest rooms offers one king size or two twin beds, beautiful mountain views, satellite television, and clock radios. Our king suites also include a refrigerator. Each of our private baths has elegant classic marble surrounds, and thick, luxurious towels, as well as with light kimonos and colorful sarongs for lounging comfort.

See the AAWESOME Retreat Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here